Hanbok paradise

On October 27th, I went to the Hangul festival which took place at my University. This festival is held to celebrate the Hangul Day which was October 9. In this festival, many students of Korean departments in the South of Vietnam set up the stalls to sell food, drink or organized some Korean games.

There were so many people going to this festival that the parking lot was over-crowded. I went to this festival with a new friend I met in the Korean exchange program at Hansarang language center. When I walked into the university, I was overwhelmed with many colorful decorations and Korean songs. Many people were singing and dancing Korean songs in the Noraebang (Karaoke) area.  There are many stalls that sold delicious food and drinks. I decided to try 팥빙수( Patpingsu-a popular shaved ice dessert in Korea with sweetened azuki beans and other fruits. This snack is very suitable during the hot atmosphere because there were too many people at the festival.

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credit to Ms. Ha

Then we could see a lot of 막걸리(Makgeolli, a Korean alcoholic beverage made from a mixture of wheat and rice. )

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There were also many games. I was very surprise to see a giant version of the game 윷놀이, a Korean traditional board game.

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There was also a calligraphy corner with many paper fans and decorations with the calligraphy.

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I was immersed in the Hanbok paradise here. There were so many stalls that offer us to try Hanboks. I could not get my eyes off the beautiful and colorful hanboks on display. There were a long line of people standing to wait for their turns to try hanboks. Luckily, I managed to put on many beautiful hanboks. I have never seen so many types of Hanboks like this before. There were even lovely dolls in Hanboks.

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12 thoughts on “Hanbok paradise

      1. 저도 한복을 좋아하는데 실제로 한국에서는 입을 일이 거의 없네요. ^^ 어렸을 때는 설날, 추석에 한복을 입고 다니는 사람들이 많았는데 안타깝게도 요즘에는 거의 없어요. 사진 보니까 저도 입고싶네요. ㅋㅋ

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        1. 베트남에서 전통복장을 입고 다니는 사람들도 많지 않아요.
          사람들은 명절에 전통복장을 입어요. 특히 베트남의 고등학생은 월요일에 Ao Dai라는 전통복장을 입어야 해요.

          저는 한복을 입는 느낌이 아주 좋아서 기회가 있으면 다시 입고 싶어요.

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  1. Pretty people and pretty hanboks! I have a question unrelated to the clothes though: What is the story behind the phrase “Hiền tài là nguyên khí của quốc gia”? Sorry if it seems kind of weird responding to a rather old post (=^.^=).

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    1. Hello The A-Philosopher’s Chair, thank you for your comment. I love Hanboks, so I always try to wear as many Hanboks as possible.

      As for your question,
      “Hiền tài là nguyên khí của quốc gia” is a quote from the text written by a scholar named Thân Nhân Trung (1418 – 1499). He got a PhD in 1469 and used to be a member of Tao Đàn, a poem club founded by King Lê Thánh Tông. Mr. Trung was excellent at literature, so in 1484, King Lê Thánh Tông trusted him to compile a document called ” “Bài kí đề danh Tiến sĩ khoa Nhâm Tuất niên hiệu Đại Bảo thứ ba”(The narrative honored the PhD in Nham Tuat year in the reign of King Dai Bao). This document is very important because it played the role of a preface for 82 steles used to honor the PhD in The temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. This temple is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholar.

      The quote “Hiền tài là nguyên khí của quốc gia” affirms the role of scholar in the country. It means that the virtuous and talented people are the life-sustaining element of a country.

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